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The article mostly fixates on the almond blossom painting that was given to Theo Van Gogh and his wife Jo for Vincent Van Gogh’s nephews birth.


Almond blossom by Vincent Van Gogh Gift to Theo and Jo painted in 1890

Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who posthumously (after the death of the originator) became one of the most famous and influential figures in Western art history.

Van Gogh was born on March 30th, 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands. He was one of six children (3 boys and 3 girls), He didn’t have a good relationship with any of his siblings except for 1 brother named Theo Van Gogh. Van Gogh went to King Willem College for 2 years (1886-1868), Van Gogh also went to two different art based colleges (Royal academy of fine arts for one year, and royal academy of fine arts of brussels for a undetermined amount of time).  He has made over 2,100 artworks including 860 oil paintings.

This collection depicts almond blossoms, one was painted as a gift to Van Goghs newborn nephew, the boy was born on January 31st, 1890 to Van Gogh’s brother Theo and his wife Jo who named the child Vincent after his uncle.  Van Gogh was delighted to hear this news saying “It does me, too, more good and gives me more pleasure than I could express in words”

Vincent van Gogh, De roze boomgaard, 1888

These almond blossoms were inspired by Japanese’s prints. Van Gogh painted the branches from below and close up as if you were lying in the grass looking up at them.

Today at least the almond blossoms that were painted and given to Theo and his wife Jo resided in the Van Gogh museum, in Amsterdam Netherlands.

Vincent van Gogh, Bloeiend amandeltakje in een glas, 1888


Vincent van Gogh, Bloeiende boomgaarden, gezicht op Arles, 1889